When I started a PhD, I had no idea what to expect. The ultimate goal was obvious – a PhD degree, but a path to achieving this was undefined and somewhat scary. After all, by signing a PhD contract, I committed to work on one project for the next 3+ years and I wanted to make the most of this experience.
It took me few months to get used to the new environment and the new line of work. By this time I have realised that patience and perseverance are key to pushing my research forward. Of course, it is easier said than done, especially when you are very passionate about your research and you can’t help but want to see some results immediately. For this very reason, a PhD can be filled with extreme `highs’ and `lows’. It is fulfilling and satisfying, when your experiments are working or you discovered something new and unknown. It can also be depressing at times, when you realise that your current direction leads to nowhere and you need to start over.
However, you are never alone in this process. You are surrounded by people who are going through this period as well and they can relate to your problems. I am very lucky to be a part of such a friendly graduate community in Murray Edwards. The young women, I have met in ME in course of last few years, are all very ambitious, talented and supportive. I believe that our friendships will stand a test of time and will last forever. The College keeps our community vivid by organising numerous social events and providing us with a Graduate Formal Hall every Tuesday, where we meet and exchange our weekly stories.
Overall, PhD research is a very unique experience with an infinite number of possible routes that can be undertaken in pursuit of some answers.